Land Rover's new Range Rover Sport is its first plug-in hybrid

Land Rover's new Range Rover Sport is its first plug-in hybrid

Land Rover's new Range Rover Sport is its first plug-in hybrid

Land Rover has unveiled its first plug-in hybrid since Jaguar Land Rover announced from 2020 all new Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles will have the option of being electric.

The Range Rover Sport is faster, as is the new SVR (more on that in a second), but the P400e can still blast from 0-62mph in 6.7 seconds before topping out at 137mph.

Land Rover said the plug-in hybrid means "customers can experience zero-emission near-silent off-road luxury with uncompromised all-terrain capability" for the first time, while also having free access to most congestion charging zones.

Outwardly, Land Rover's mid life update of the enormously popular Range Rover Sport appears to be a rather evenhanded affair.

The flagship Range Rover Sport SVR, described by the vehicle maker as "the ultimate performance SUV", uses the F-Type SVR's 5.0-litre V8 supercharged petrol engine with 567bhp - 25bhp more than the outgoing Range Rover Sport SVR - and 516lb ft.

The Range Rover Sport has been given a facelift for 2018, but the big news is not just the impressively updated Sport, but the arrival of a new plug-in hybrid Range Rover Sport PHEV and a more powerful Sport SVR too.

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The P400e offers two driving modes: the default Parallel Hybrid mode and EV mode.

Under normal conditions the vehicle acts like a traditional hybrid, using a mixture of electric power and the petrol engine to provide the best compromise between performance and economy. The updated SUV is in for a few cosmetic changes inside and out and new variants.

EV (Electric Vehicle) mode - enables the vehicle to run exclusively on the electric motor using the energy stored in the battery, the ideal solution for quiet, zero emission journeys. With 640Nm of combined torque, the new Range Rover Sport PHEV comes with FWD function. The battery can be fully charged in 7 hours 30 minutes using the 10-amp home charging cable supplied as standard. The P400e also reflects a new naming strategy for Jaguar Land Rover.

Going on sale in early 2018, the refreshed range will also include a flagship SVR performance model, boasting a V8 engine, plus the usual range of petrol and diesel powertrains, including four-cylinder and V6 options. Known as the Range Rover Sport 400e, the eco-minded SUV features a plug-in hybrid powertrain that is created to improve fuel economy and lower Carbon dioxide emissions.

The nipped and tucked Range Rover Sports are available to order now, with the line-up starting at £61,315 for the 2.0-litre "SD4" diesel, rising to £99,680 for the SVR.

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